Month: January 2012

IFDC to Increase Agricultural Productivity in Great Lakes Region

BUJUMBURA, Burundi – IFDC’s CATALIST project is improving agricultural productivity in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. According to Alice Van der Elstraeten, IFDC communications specialist, “CATALIST… will enable farmers in the region to increase their production and income through an integrated approach which combines sustainable agricultural technologies with traditional farming methods and the promotion of agroforestry.”

International Year of Cooperatives, 2012

The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives in order to showcase cooperatives’ impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. Through the theme “Cooperative Enterprises Build A Better World,” the Year will raise awareness about cooperatives worldwide and promote their establishment and growth. IFDC recognizes and supports the International Year of Cooperatives and has a…

SABMiller: Beer at the Bottom of the Pyramid

SABMiller is producing cassava beer using locally sourced raw materials in Mozambique, with the help of IFDC and DADTCO. Project partners IFDC and DADTCO are helping farmers increase cassava production through improved agricultural practices and the use of mobile processing units that eliminate the need to transport the raw material long distances. For more information, read the full article from…

Voucher Schemes for Enhanced Fertilizer Use: Lessons Learned and Policy Implications

Ian Gregory, IFDC agribusiness market development specialist, will conduct an Agriculture Council Seminar on “Voucher Schemes for Enhanced Fertilizer Use” on January 25, 2012, in Washington, D.C., held by the USAID Bureau for Food Security. Over the past decade, fertilizer (and seed) voucher schemes dubbed “smart subsidies” have been used by national governments and donors with various objectives and with…

Dr. Mohamed Badraoui Elected to IFDC Board of Directors

January 10, 2012 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – Dr. Mohamed Badraoui, Director General of Morocco’s National Agronomic Research Institute (INRA), was elected to a three-year term on the IFDC board of directors, effective January 1, 2012. He will serve on the board’s Africa Committee. Badraoui has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural research, specializing in soil…